Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege has said she will introduce legislation to stop health workers from going on strike.
She said if re-elected, she will rally her colleagues to form the legislation that govern and regulate industrial action in the health sector.
She said such laws will help reduce suffering among Kenyans, who bear the brunt of frequent strikes by health workers.
“Life comes first and if anybody should abandon their duty for whatever reason and life is lost, it should not be taken lightly,” she said.
While it is constitutional for professionals to fight for better remuneration, Ms Chege said it is criminal to watch people suffer and die because of selfish reasons.
“Issues of health are more important than anything else. It is wrong for anyone to walk out of a hospital and abandon patients who need urgent medical attention,” she said.
She urged governors to show commitment in resolving the strike noting that health is a devolved function.
She spoke after meeting the elderly at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga in Murang’a.
On the implementation of nurses’ Collective Bargaining Agreement, Ms Chege asked the parties involved in the negotiations to fast track its signing and registration.
In Murang’a County, hospitals remained deserted as security guards turned away patients.
Only those who can afford private hospitals or have National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) are seeking medical services from private hospitals.
A resident from Makuyu, Ms Jane Wairimu said her mother had been admitted at the County Referral but her health is slowly deteriorating after being ejected from the facility.
“My plea is for the government to address the nurses’ grievances so that they resume work. We are really suffering,” she said.